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400 HCMC health workers quit in first quarter

By Thu Anh April 4, 2022 | 10:58 p.m. PT

Medical workers rest at a Covid-19 treatment hospital in HCMC, July 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa

Around 400 HCMC health workers quit in the first quarter, citing an “unsuitable environment” and “low income”.

Le Thien Quynh Nhu, deputy chief of the Ho Chi Minh City health department office, said Monday that employees of hospitals and other public health entities quit every year. Among the reasons given were long journeys, low income and unsuitable environment, she added.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has caused revenues for hospitals and other health facilities to plummet, so it is inevitable that health workers will quit,” she said.

Nhu added that the People’s Council of HCMC, the legislature, would meet this week to pass some policies to support health workers.

In the first 10 months of 2021, the HCMC health department saw 968 health workers resign, while only 597 resigned in the same period of 2020. More and more doctors and nurses from medical positions are resigning, the department added.

“If health workers don’t work in the public sector, they will work for the private sector. It doesn’t matter whether it is public or private, they will both take care of people’s health,” Nguyen Thi Huynh said. Mai, HCMC Health Department Bureau Chief, said at a press conference in November 2021.

HCMC also has the lowest ratio of medical workers of any locality in Vietnam, with just 2.31 per 10,000 people, while the national average is seven per 10,000 people.

The southern city has rolled out multiple measures to increase the ratio, including increasing medical capacity, supplying health facilities with new graduates and encouraging retirees to return. The health department has also proposed to the People’s Council to increase the income of health workers and support them with policies to help them develop their long-term careers.

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